If you think you would like to start a meditation group, reading our book on starting groups, A Pearl of Great Price, by Fr. Laurence, is a very comprehensive guide for your discernment. If you decide to start one, you may email Gene Bebeau (email@example.com) for an application to have your group listed and receive mailings that we provide to group leaders.
Fr. Laurence’s Lenten Reflections (Wednesday Holy Week)
While they were eating he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, one of you is about to betray me’.
If we do not run the risk of betrayal we can never learn to love. The risk, however, runs in both directions: we can be betrayed by those in whom we place an absolute trust. These are the people with whom – and through whom – we become most vulnerable. They are also those who can bring us to the greatest happiness. But the risk is equally that we may betray those we love. We do not like to think of ourselves as traitors and often it is unwittingly as well as unwillingly that we do betray those who made themselves vulnerable to and through us. Then we find excuses for our betrayal or we deny what we have done or we try to underestimate the gravity of its impact. “It was a one-off, don’t take it so seriously”. To be let down or let another down is always forgivable but rarely is it instantly forgivable.
Once we have been betrayed - or once we betray - the damage is done. The secret is, as Jesus shows, to be wholly open about it and to confront the denial that accompanies this most shameful and humiliating of failures in all personal affairs. In effect, we are only betrayed if we allow ourselves to be betrayed. To refrain from recoiling and rejecting in reaction to being let down or rejected is to keep the channel of healing open at the very moment that the wound is inflicted.
It is strange that this most human and painful aspect of human relationships should open the door to the nature of divinity and our own divinisation.